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  1. I don't want to waste anyone's time or money. I want to give people some truth and positive heart lift.

  2. All the things that are worth doing, take time.

  3. You have to experience life, make observations, and ask questions.

  4. Everything's got space between it, the planets, trees, your eyes. Your eyes get too close together, it's a whole different world. You can lose perspective.

  5. Focused. I'm a hustler. And my hustle is trying to figure out the best ways to do what I like without having to do much else.

  6. My presence speaks volumes before I say a word.

  7. I was taught when there's somethin' you can change around keep quiet, you got nothin' to complain about.

  8. I don't hate nobody. I hate certain conditions that are inflicted upon the people - and they're helpless with it.

  9. I just don't think it's very dignified to ask people to like you. You can just wind up being somebody's ottoman.

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  10. Twitter freaks me out. You have followers? It feels so obsessive and proprietary.

  11. It wouldn't be fair to cast aspersions on an entire cultural movement based on the actions of a few. To quote my grandfather, 'One bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch.'

  12. There are a lot of people who call themselves teachers or leaders, but they're really just propagandists.

  13. You want to know how to rhyme, then learn how to add. It's mathematics.

  14. I'm trying to get low. People's personalities can get in the way of their own work.

  15. I'm not shy about heated debate or passionate discourse, but when people get crazy or rude, that's a buzz kill. There's got to be a better code of conduct, some basic etiquette.

  16. What I take from writers I like is their economy - the ability to use language to very effective ends. The ability to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words - that's magical.

  17. Good art provides people with a vocabulary about things they can't articulate.

  18. I guess something that you love to do, you gotta ease up off it and give it a little space, come back and be fresh to it.

  19. I never had any ambitions of being a movie star or anything like that, but you know, this is nice.

  20. I get reminded a lot of the time that my life is a little bit different, but I'm just trying to keep it as regular as possible because I like it that way.

  21. And remember don't high post when you're far from home, and high posting when you're all alone.

  22. Mos Def is a name that I built and cultivated over the years it's a name that the streets taught me a figure of speech that was given to me by the culture and by my environment and I feel I've done quite a bit with that name and it's time to expand and move on.

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  23. I can't control what people think. I'm not trying to manipulate people's thoughts or sentiments. I write all the time. You have to experience life, make observations, and ask questions. It's machine-like how things are run now in hip-hop, and my ambitions are different.

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  24. I feel like I was the only person who was capable of making this type of music in this type of way. I don't rap like nobody, I don't try to sound like nobody.

  25. I have mad brims.

  26. I'm retiring the Mos Def name after 2011. I'm actually doing it.

  27. I'm a passionate person. I'm a lot of things, like most people are. Most people are dynamic. The focus is not on me though, I'm a screen. The aim is to always keep myself in the position where the screen is clear.

  28. I didn't want to have to deal with having any moniker or separation between the self that I see and know myself as.

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  29. That idea of peace and love toward humanity shouldn't be nationalistic or denominational. It should be a chief concern for all mankind.

  30. I feel like being into the beat of your own drum has become too prominent in the culture.

  31. African art is functional, it serves a purpose. It's not a dormant. It's not a means to collect the largest cheering section. It should be healing, a source a joy. Spreading positive vibrations.

  32. I'm growing as an individual, but your always growing. All of my albums are snapshots of where I am artistically.

  33. It's possible and available to any artist to be himself or herself on their own terms, to be accepted and embraced by black people. You don't have to be a thug to get love from black people.

  34. I'm just an artist and I'm doin' what I like to do.

  35. I have no confidence issues with the impact or the quality of the music. No one in hip-hop, before this point and to this point, with all due respect, has done this.

  36. I don't mind being black. I'm black out loud. It's more than the people that they are, it's the condition that they represent.

  37. I don't wanna get into that space where a lot of guys now, their solo album is like eight or 10 songs with other people, you don't get an idea of who this guy is. I just wasn't interested in that.

  38. I come from a family of very devout, praying people. That idea of peace and love toward humanity shouldn't be nationalistic or denominational. It should be a chief concern for all mankind.

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  39. To me, the job of the artist is to provide a useful and intelligent vocabulary for the world to be able to articulate feelings they experience everyday, and otherwise wouldn't have the means to express in a meaningful and useful way.

  40. That's what I've been trying to strive for - to draw a clear picture, to open up a new dimension.

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When was Mos Def birthday? Mos Def was born on October 16.

Who is Mos Def? Some facts about Mos Def from biography. Dante Terrell Smith-Bey is an American actor and MC known by the stage name Mos Def. Mos Def started his hip hop career in a group called Urban Thermo Dynamics, after which he appeared on albums by Da Bush Babees and De La Soul. With Talib Kweli, he formed the duo Black Star, who released the album... Read more about Mos Def on Wikipedia or watch videos with quotes from Mos Def on YouTube. Browse a lot of books about Mos Def on Amazon to get more reference.


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